Doubling Canada’s federal funding for energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) will require a whole of government approach. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) plays a leadership role in federal RD&D activities as a funder, through the Office of Energy Research and Development, and performer, through its three CanmetENERGY laboratories.
In carrying out its activities, NRCan works in collaboration with many other departments, agencies and federally-funded, arms-length organizations. In all, 15 organizations funded energy RD&D in 2014-2015, which is the period being used as the baseline for Canada’s Mission Innovation commitment to double energy RD&D expenditures in five years.
In addition to NRCan, these federal funding organizations include:
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
- Sustainable Development Technology Canada
- Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
- National Research Council; and
- Canadian Foundation for Innovation
Together, these six organizations provided over 90 percent of Canada’s energy RD&D funding in 2014-2015.
Canada’s RD&D Priorities
Canada’s federal energy RD&D investments target greenhouse gas reductions in Canada’s five highest emitting sectors:
- Electricity generation
- Oil and gas
- Emissions-intensive industries (e.g., cement, chemicals, iron and steel)
These investments, which are in technology areas such as renewable energy integration and energy efficiency, will support Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy.